Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • 17 months behind but catching up, slowly

    Thanks to the joyful effects of mitotane (Lysodren), I have been in a fog for around 17 months. I have now cut back on the hideously expensive drug (for humans; cheap for dogs), and am trying to catch up on things. Complicating factors are: ever-increasing security updates on the server and technical glitches that result from them long-overdue site improvements taking up some time my health insurance company’s computer-system change, which apparently dropped $1,800 worth of claims from my max out-of-pockget (and their refusal to do anything but look at the computer total and say “yup, that’s right” though if you total up all the forms they sent me, you can see I’ve paid $1,800 more than the max out-of-pocket by their…

  • More accessible racing

    One of the interesting things about racing is how some of the greats started. Lee Petty drove a six cylinder Plymouth, hardly a fast car, though he added Chrysler suspension and braking bits to it to get an edge. The six cylinder Hudson Hornet dominated stock car racing for a couple of years. Things got faster in a hurry, especially in drag racing, where some people left as the power got higher and higher and the risks shot up accordingly. Sometimes I think it would be fun to have a racing series that worked at the speed of the cars Lee Petty drove — and not a classic series (though there are some of those and they seem like a lot…

  • On the menu today…. (it’s not food!)
    menus

    I have upgraded Allpar’s menus, or, rather, returned them to their former glory. The menu system has changed quite a few times over the years. I had (slow!) two-level Javascript dropdowns, then ordinary CSS-only (no Javascript) dropdowns, and then a single row of buttons, followed by that row of buttons with a secondary row. Now we’re back to the simple dropdowns, using pretty much the same setup as last time but with fewer options since people don’t seem to like having too many choices. As time goes on, these will be refined. Finding all the stuff at Allpar has always been a problem, at least since we lost our focus and started trying to cover every single facet of Chrysler from its days…

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